TOWNSEND — The local Veteran of Foreign Wars post is seeking students to show up, get creative and show some patriotism.
The VFW Auxiliary to Townsend (Post No. 6538) is sponsoring the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest in conjunction with the VFW Auxiliary Department of Massachusetts and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Auxiliary this month.
The post will be hosting two contests for two different age groups: high school students and students in grades 3-5.
“Through the program high school students have the opportunity to use their artistic talents to express their patriotism while competing for cash at the local and state levels and funds to further their education at the national level,” said organizer Betty Mae Tenney of Townsend.
The two contests have similar rules but are laid out as follows:
At the high school level, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art will be accepted. Two-dimensional art must be on paper or canvas using watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen, ink, oil, marker or other media taught. Two-dimensional pieces should not be framed. Canvas entries should be submitted on stretcher frames or canvas board, while other entries must be matted in white. It is strongly recommended that heavy paper be used to reinforce the back of an entry which is matted. Mounted and floating mats may also be used.
Three-dimensional art can be paper, papier-mâché, pottery, clay, metal work, fabric, and or wood. Pieces should be no larger than 18 inches in any direction. Art cannot be more than 5 pounds in weight.
Digital art, photography, and jewelry will not be accepted.
If the American flag is used in the entry, it must conform to the Federal Flag Code as far as color, number of stars and stripes, and other pertinent rules of the code. The art entry must have been done during the current school year and each student may submit only one entry into the competition.
A typed explanation using 250 words or less of the patriotism expressed in the artwork — plus a completed official contest application bearing information about the artist, the source of the idea for the artwork, and the signature of his art teacher, supervisory adult, parent, or guardian — must be attached to the back of the entry.
Each entry will be judged on the originality of concept, presentation, and patriotism expressed; the content of how it relates to patriotism and clarity of ideas; the design technique; and total impact of work.
For the younger kids, there is no specific theme. Children are encouraged to show their own view of America.
The art must be two-dimensional. It must be on canvas or paper using watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen, ink, oil, marker, glitter, or other media. The art should not be framed. Canvas entries should be submitted on stretcher frames or canvas board, while other entries must be matted on white. Mounted and floating mats may also be used.
All entries, for either contest, must be made to Betty Mae Tenney by Tuesday, March 31.
To learn more about the contests, call Tenney at 978-597-6495 or at the VFW at 978-597-5644, ext. 9.
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